World Vision Youth Conference 2018

Empower your student leaders to tackle the biggest issues facing humanity.


Youth Conference shows students the power of their actions

This year's Youth Conference empowered student leaders to become active global citizens and a voice for justice in the world. 

Students were inspired by speakers Lena, Simon and Kevin. Lena and Simon shared stories of fleeing to Australia after conflict forced them to leave their home countries, and Kevin – 2018 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year – spoke passionately about his work supporting people seeking asylum. 

Future leaders from Years 8 to 12 participated in interactive workshops, collaborating to identify possible solutions to world issues, building their leadership skills and learning how they can make a difference – starting now. Students emerged from the day with the knowledge and passion to put their skills into action by leading this year's 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge.

Youth Conference 2019 details are coming soon. 

Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge as a step towards creating global equality and justice.

You'll unite with thousands of other Australians to lead global change by raising funds for young people who've been forced to flee their homes. Take up the challenge and commit to living out of your backpack with only essentials for 40 hours.

Let's show the world what we stand for! Join the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge

Lively, engaging and participatory activities


Keynote speakers to help students discover their passion

Skills building

Workshops to help students discover their passion


Opportunities to network with like-minded student leaders

What are teachers saying about Youth Conference?

Our speakers

Asma (Lena) Mirzae

Asma (Lena) Mirzae

Asma, 22, a student at Monash University, was born in Afghanistan and came to Australia as a refugee in 2007. She is passionate about social impact, volunteering and empowering those around her. She is now applying her own lived experience – of using sport as a tool to integrate into Australian society – to address social issues faced by youth. Asma has been selected to represent Melbourne at two global summits.

Simon Shahin

Simon Shahin

Simon, 25, is an Electrical Engineering/Medical Science student at University of Technology Sydney. He fled war in Syria, resettling in Australia in 2015. Passionate about youth engagement and refugee rights, he is a youth representative with several community organisations. Simon's long-term goal is to continue his advocacy work with the United Nations, while designing and innovating solutions in sustainable development.

Kevin Kardirgamar

Kevin Kardirgamar

Kevin, 29, is the 2018 Northern Territory (NT) Young Australian of the Year. He is a lawyer with a passion for refugee and asylum seeker rights and is an expert in the fields of multiculturalism and youth leadership. Kevin is committed to inspiring young people to create positive change, co-founding Multicultural Youth NT – a youth led organisation that empowers young people to implement change in their own communities.


23 May

Sleeman Sports Complex
Old Cleveland Road
& Tilley Road,


25 May

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place,
South Wharf


29 May

Luna Park Big Top
1 Olympic Drive,
Milsons Point


7 June

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
21 Mounts Bay Road

Information for teachers and parents

Please ensure your school obtains appropriate parental consent for each student attending the Youth Conference. This information should be provided to parents and guardians at the time consent is requested.

We expect that each school follow its normal excursion procedure in sending students to the Youth Conference, including having the appropriate number of teachers supervising students.  Each school is responsible for monitoring student attendance and regulating their behaviour where necessary.

Each school is responsible for transporting students to and from the event venue.

Students are advised to bring their own food. We will not be responsible for students who leave the venue to purchase food and expect teachers to supervise them.


You’ll receive a confirmation of payment and registration via email for all tickets purchased and paid in full before the Youth Conference. We’re happy to transfer registrations to other persons, so please let us know of any changes before the event so we can update our records. A full refund, less a $15 administration fee per registrant, will be issued for registrations cancelled seven days or more before the event.

The Youth Conference is an important part of the 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge campaign and we will be filming and taking photos of both students and teachers at the Youth Conference. We will only take close-up photographs or film one-on-one interviews with the subject’s approval. These materials may be used for Youth Conference and 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge promotional purposes and may be disclosed to other organisations (such as media or advertising agencies) for the purpose of preparing promotional material. Please note that by attending the Youth Conference, each teacher and student is taken to have consented to being filmed and photographed in a general manner and to being approached for interview. Parents and carers, please note that you will be presumed to have consented to any filming or photographing of your child/children at the Youth Conference.

World Vision is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information provided to us. We use the information you provide to enable us to arrange this event, including sending you information about it and as set out in our Privacy Statement on our website. Please read our Privacy Statement or call 13 32 40. We don’t rent, sell or exchange your information without your permission.

Students, teachers and schools participate in the Youth Conference at their own risk. We want all attendees to enjoy their time at the Youth Conference and require teachers to supervise students at all times. World Vision Australia will not be responsible for any loss, damage or claim except where it has acted with gross negligence. By students and teachers participating in the Youth Conference, schools, teachers, parents and students release World Vision Australia (WVA) from (and indemnify WVA against) any claim they may have against it (including any arising out of the matters listed on this webpage) except where WVA has been grossly negligent.


General event and media enquiries

13 32 40

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